Moments in the grey

Travels with Monty – part two. The trouble with pandemics is they can go on a bit! As a result, my second adventure with Monty was a little later than I’d envisaged and much overdue.

It’s a bit strange that I had to delay it as Monty is completely off grid and I wanted to get away from people anyway. The first trip was so enjoyable that the lure of freedom was pulling very hard, but rules are rules and, on this occasion at least, are not to be broken. It’s all part of getting out of lockdown – if only our politicians respected them too!

Northumberland roads

It’s a time for getting away from population centres and deep into nature. In April next year I’m leading a photo tour, group of photographers, to Namibia and one of our destinations is the Quiver Tree Forest for dark skies photography. So, with this in mind, I decided to head for Kielder Water in Northumberland National Park – just south of the Scottish border – and a well-known Dark Skies region. Now all I needed was the notorious English summer weather to part the clouds and reveal the heavens.

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By Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, and the founder of Travel Photographer of the Year. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1992, shooting both editorial and advertising photography, and has published over 50 books. He lectures on and teaches photography, mentors and is a competition judge.